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You're fired! And other federal management fantasies

The Veterans Affairs Department recently revealed that none of its senior executives had gotten a rating below fully successful in the past four years. While that may seem shocking, the VA is not that out of the ordinary. Sub-par ratings for SES members are not common and firing them is even less common, says former CHCO Jeff Neal.

Tags: Senior Executive Service , management , workforce , Veterans Affairs Department , commentary

Wednesday - 06/25/2014, 11:53am EDT

Why is change so hard to accomplish in government?

They may have the best of intentions, but people who have not spent time working within the bureaucracy rarely understand the complexities of changing government, particularly in this era of partisanship, says former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal.

Tags: commentary , management , ICF International , workforce

Thursday - 06/12/2014, 03:52am EDT

House bill cuts 'red tape' at VA, but at what cost?

On its surface, the Department of Veterans Affairs Management Accountability Act of 2014 is simple, but its simplicity belies the risks it presents for VA employees, former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal says.

Tags: commentary , House , Senior Executive Service , VA , workforce

Friday - 05/30/2014, 04:57pm EDT

Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

HR 4031 waits for a vote in the Senate after the House passed it last week. It would give the secretary of Veterans Affairs the power to fire senior executive service members for performance issues. Jeff Neal, senior vice president of ICF International and former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security, says the simple language of the bill could turn into a huge headache for the entire department.

Tags: ICF International , In Depth , Congress

Thursday - 05/29/2014, 06:28pm EDT
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The Problem with the Senior Executive Service

It's clear that the Senior Executive Service never became what its creators envisioned, says former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal. But in many respects, some of those hopes for the executive corps were never realistic to begin with.

Tags: workforce , management , SES ,

Monday - 05/26/2014, 09:34am EDT

Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

The Presidential Rank Awards return after a one-year hiatus. The White House gives the Office of Personnel Management the green light to to start accepting nominations for 2014. Jeff Neal, senior vice president of ICF International and former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security, talked to In Depth with Francis Rose about what this means for senior executive service members and the current state of the performance award system.

Tags: ICF International , In Depth

Thursday - 05/15/2014, 05:49pm EDT
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Federal government as an employer -- Is the glass half full or half empty?

While the federal government is probably not a model employer, for a lot of reasons, it is a very good employer.

Tags: commentary , workforce , pay and benefits

Monday - 05/05/2014, 05:00am EDT

Jeff Neal, Senior Vice President, ICF International

Major cuts in the time-to-hire for the federal government allow the Office of Personnel Management to focus on hiring quality instead of just speed. But those metrics may be just one part of making the hiring process better. Jeff Neal, senior vice president of ICF International and former chief human capital officer and the Department of Homeland Security, writing a series of pieces about what's wrong with the hiring process. He shares his views with In Depth with Francis Rose.

Tags: ICF International , hiring , In Depth

Thursday - 05/01/2014, 06:52pm EDT
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Fixing the federal hiring process: Deus ex machina

Many potential job-seekers give up on federal employment because the process is so daunting, says former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal. But, does it have to be this way?

Tags: commentary , hiring , workforce

Monday - 04/28/2014, 03:32am EDT

Federal News Countdown: Sequestration's impact on DoD, security-clearance plan on the way

Larry Allen, president of Allen Federal Business Partners, and Jeff Neal, senior vice president of ICF International, join Francis Rose to count down the week's top federal stories.

Tags: Larry Allen , In Depth , Federal News Countdown

Friday - 04/18/2014, 03:56pm EDT
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